Three fragments of tapestry bands

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–6th century A.D.


Dimensions

Height x width (a): 5 x 29 cm (1 15/16 x 11 7/16 in.) Height x width (b): 5 x 11.5 cm (1 15/16 x 4 1/2 in.) Height x width (c): 5.5 x 44.5 cm (2 3/16 x 17 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

04.2005a-c

Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry, hatching

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World

Classifications

Textiles

Warp of linen; ground of brown wool, with designs outlined in natural colored linen. Design shows Roman influence. From Akhmîn.
04.2005a: Design shows a scroll mortif of branches forming a row of five circular areas that alternately enclose running panters or lions and hares. The shape of the tapestry and the plain areas at both ends suggest that it was a sleeve band.
04.2005b: Design shows a scroll motif of branches that form two circular areas, one containing a lion or a panther and the other a hare. Probably a fragment of a sleeve band.
94.2005c: Design shows a scroll motif of branches that form nine circular areas that alternately enclose running lions or panthers  and hares. The size of the band suggests that it is a fragment of a clavus.

Provenance

Purchased with the Sears Fund by A.M. Lythgoe,From Ghirgas of Keneh. (Lot VI. 33. £5).

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund